Boss Derek McInnes today warned Aberdeen will be ready for the Battle of Britain showdown with Burnley.
The Reds will face the English Premier League Clarets in the Europa League second qualifying round.
McInnes admits he would rather have faced a team of the calibre of English Premier League Burnley in the group stages.
However, he warned his side will need no motivation to go against a side from the richest league in world football.
Not only will McInnes study the Clarets in depth in an attempt to pull off a shock, he also aims to have new signings on board for the tie to bolster his squad. McInnes, who was returning for pre-season training with the Reds today, said: “We will definitely be competitive enough in the games against Burnley.
“You would much rather play that calibre of team in the group stages but it is what it is.
“Sometimes you get drawn against unknown teams in Europe and you have to go and try to find out a lot about them.
“You are never really sure of the levels of the league they are in.
“However, Burnley are playing in a league which is probably the strongest in the world at the minute.
“You don’t need to motivate the players too much to get them ready or make sure there is no complacency for a type of game.”
This will be the Reds’ fourth Battle of Britain in Europe against English top flight opposition.
Aberdeen have previously faced Tottenham (1973) Liverpool (1980) and Ipswich Town (1981).
Burnley will play in Europe for the first time since the 1966-67 season in the Inter Cities Fairs Cup having finished seventh in the English top flight.
The Clarets have spent the majority of the last 40 years in the English lower leagues until a recent renaissance.
Manager Sean Dyche led them to the top flight in 2016 by securing the Championship title.
Burnley finished in 16th place in their first season back in the Premier League but shocked the top flight last season by qualifying for Europe.
“They deserve that respect for all they have done in recent seasons, especially last season,” said McInnes.
“We’ll be playing against a team that has done exceptionally well in what is regarded as the best league in the world.
“It should be a fabulous contest. We are familiar with Burnley but we will obviously do our work to go into it in more depth as you would with any opponent.
“It is a game that is instantly exciting but we instantly recognise that it is a challenge as well.
“We will look forward to it when it comes along.”
The first leg will be played on Thursday July 26 at Pittodrie, with the return at Turf Moor seven days later.
But other details about the tie have still to be confirmed.
McInnes hopes to have bolstered his squad with a number of new signings before facing Burnley. This summer he has already secured midfielder Chris Forrester for £200,000 on a three-year contract from Peterborough United.
Republic of Ireland international midfielder Stephen Gleeson signed on until 2020 while Hamilton midfielder Lewis Ferguson has also joined.
The Dons and Hamilton have yet to agree a training compensation fee for 18-year-old Ferguson and that is set to go to a tribunal.
McInnes met former Rangers striker Kenny Miller, a free agent, while in Florida during the summer.
The Reds are keen on securing Miller, 38, but the veteran is also being tracked by Hibs, Motherwell, Dundee and St Mirren.
Miller is understood to have held talks with St Mirren boss Alan Stubbs and Livingston have targeted him for a player-manager role.
Aberdeen are also keen on Hibs’ out-of-contract Scotland international midfielder Dylan McGeouch.
It is understood he was offered the opportunity to become the highest paid player at Pittodrie but Rangers, Fulham, Blackburn and Brentford are also keen on the midfielder.
McInnes has a policy of not commenting on any transfer speculation until a deal is done.
However, the Dons boss confirmed he aims to have strengthened his squad further by the Battle of Britain.
Asked on securing most of his signings before facing Burnley, he said: “We would like to.
“We will be trying to do that and add to the signings we have made.
“I have been pleased with the signings we have made so far but there are still areas of the team that I am keen to address.”
Meanwhile, Aberdeen will face Inverness Caley Thistle in a friendly at the Caledonian Stadium on Wednesday, July 11, kick-off 7.30pm.